As is the case with virtually any pursuit in the world, the famous maxim of ‘practice makes perfect’ is also true with the noble sport of golf.
The thing is, while you can always show up at a golf course all dressed to the nines and ready to go swinging your club amidst the meadows and hillocks surrounding you, there’s not much sense entering a competition if your skills aren’t up to it.
While golf is often seen as the sport of the rich, this doesn’t mean that mastering it takes a lot of training and hard work, so if you’re willing to put in the hours to better your game of golf, you’ll certainly be a better golf player for it.
In this article, we’re going to talk about the game of golf and how you can become better at it. To be precise, we’ll offer you 10 tips on how to improve your game and get the skills necessary to compete with your peers.
Right then folks, without further ado, here’s the deal.
How to Get Better at Golf: 10 Tips
1) Pay Attention to Your Posture
One of the most overlooked parts of the game by many rookies who feel impatient to start swinging the club all over the place would certainly be the posture.
The thing is, the way you align your body with the ball in front of you determines how well you’ll be able to swing at it and how successful you’ll be at driving it. (The drive is the first shot of a golf game.)
If your posture is bad, your body will be stiff, so you won’t be able to swing the ball in the way you need to make the ball fly away from a long distance. Worse still, you may miss the ball altogether like this, which is both embarrassing and will lose you points in a game.
2) Adjust the Initial Position of the Ball
Just as aligning your body together with the club is important for being able to strike the ball well, there’s also the question of the position of the ball itself.
The optimal place the ball should be in would be right in front of your legs so that if you were to bring it more backward it would be between them. Also, the distance between the ball and your feet is crucial for understanding how much room you have to work with when it comes to swinging and hitting the ball.
If the ball is too far away, for example, you will force your body to stretch in order to get to it, which may result in a bad swing or not hitting the ball entirely. On the other hand, being too close to the ball means you won’t be able to swing at all that well and you may even end up hitting your feet in the process.
3) Keep Your Eyes on the Ball
A great way to throw a spanner in the works of your golf practice would be to do all of the aforementioned body adjusting and then fail to follow the ball with your eyes while swinging the club.
The thing is, your arms and your entire body is coordinates with your vision, so not looking at the ball will mean you’ll likely miss it. Now, this may sound like a no-brainer, but many beginners make the mistake of looking into the distance before they even complete their swing because they want to see the ball flying.
So, in order to ensure you don’t miss the ball while hitting it, fix your eyes on it and follow through with the shot. Once you’ve hit the ball successfully, you can look into the distance to see it flying, but not before that.
4) Use Your Torso to Make the Shot
As you probably already know, golf is not necessarily the most physical of sports, so you don’t have to be lifting weights in order to be good at it.
That said, you will have to use your entire body to play it – not just your arms.
So, as you’re starting your swing, what you want to do is rotate your entire torso backward, lift your arms, and then rotate the torso together with the arms back when completing the downswing and the follow-through.
The majority of the power and the accuracy of the shot is generated in the swing of your torso, so it is essential you pay attention to this aspect of your athleticism when playing golf.
5) Practice Pitching
Pitching the ball is the act of first sending it flying through the air toward the hole.
The thing with pitching is that it determines the remainder of the round, so it’s fairly important you learn how to do it well. If you pitch the ball well from the first shot, you will maybe require another two to three shots to drive the ball all the way into the hole.
On the other hand, if your pitching game is weak, you may end up needing to hit the balls more times than what you hoped for, which will ruin your score.
6) Come up with a Putting Routine
Putting in golf refers to taking the sorts of shots that don’t go flying into the distance (like pitching), but rather the fine ones where finesse plays a bigger role than power.
Of course, the trick with putting is that it can be quite an unnerving procedure, as it often means the difference between a loss and a won game. The better your putting is, the more likely you will be able to finish quickly after a good pitching shot.
Many players cope with the stress of putting by coming up with their own routine for this part of the game. Whether it’s completing a course of brief breathing exercises, or visualizing the shot in your head, a putting routine can save you a lot of bother down the road.
7) Practice the Sand Shots
Every once in a while, a fly is going to get buzzing around your nose or you’ll lose your concentration at the crucial moment and you’ll send the ball flying off into the distance, but not necessarily in the direction you initially intended it to go, let’s say.
Now, if your golf ball falls into a lake, there’s not much you can do about it. But if it lands on top of a bunch of sand, you’ll have to take the shot, which can be quite challenging.
So, to prevent embarrassing yourself in front of other players, you may want to practice these shots intentionally. This way, you’ll be prepared for it when it does happen. (And these situations happen to the best of players, by the way.)
8) Figure Out What Your Strengths and Weaknesses Are
… and then work on them during your practice hours.
Golf is a sport with many different parts of the game, so the fact that you’re good at one thing does not mean you will be good at the game as a whole. For example, if you can swing the club well, bad posturing may come back to haunt you when it comes to putting and pitching.
Also, if you’re generally out of shape, you may have a tough time walking across the pitch and standing in one spot for extended periods.
So, as a part of improving your game, you should take note of your strengths and weaknesses and then do exercises that help you improve the parts of the game you find problematic.
9) Mind the Follow-Through
Forcefully stopping your body right after you’ve hit the ball represents one of the best ways to ruin an otherwise good shot AND to potentially hurt yourself in the process, too.
So, in order to bypass this annoying turn of events, you’ll need to concentrate on the follow-through as much as you do on the positioning and on your swing.
The thing is, the more you pay attention to your follow-through, the more you’ll be able to fix your entire golf swing, which will greatly improve your pitching as a result.
10) Practice Your Grip
There are three main types of grip in golf – the baseball grip, the interlocking grip, and the overlap grip – each of which can give you enough stability to strike the ball in a uniform way every time.
That said, you may want to pick the optimal grip for your needs and stick with it because this way the muscle memory will do most of the job for you.
All things considered, golf is a sport that requires a lot of practice and dedication if you want to become good at it. The more you practice your grip, your positioning, and your putting and pitching, the better you will be at driving the ball into the hole – it’s that simple. We hope you found this article helpful and we wish you all the best with your golf practices.